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 Tightening bath tub drain nuts... AKA I need longer arms
Author: TdrakeHI01 (HI)

So, I just finished dropping in a new fiberglass tub and forgot to tighten the drain line connections down below the slab level. The connections are just barely within arm's reach and so have been able to get them hand tightened, but the connections are still leaking. The tub will not move as the plaster support has already hardened, and using a pair plumbing pliers has been problematic, as there is not enough room for the handle of the pliers to swing, not to mention getting everything lined up and in place with one hand and then moving to get better leverage...So is there any tool that you might recommend to get the job done? The drain line is 1-1/2, so the nuts are probably 2".

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 Re: Tightening bath tub drain nuts... AKA I need longer arms
Author: steve (CA)

Maybe a basin wrench?

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 Re: Tightening bath tub drain nuts... AKA I need longer arms
Author: PlumberLoren (CA)

You might consider removing it and using PVC or ABS dry fit it so you are sure it will line up when you finally place the tail piece in the trap. That would mean that you would only have the tail piece nut to tighten. Would that work for you? If you could remove the trap and dry fit another trap PVC or ABS and then only have to glue in the trap and the tail piece and eliminate the nuts all together. Or you could hang out at Home Depot and try to find someone with long arms, or you could turn it over to a pro plumber. Good luck.

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 Re: Tightening bath tub drain nuts... AKA I need longer arms
Author: packy (MA)

can you loosen the nut enough to slide it back a little ?
if so you can slide it back and lather everything up with a good grade pipe dope. then tighten as much as you can by hand. (might just do it)

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 Re: Tightening bath tub drain nuts... AKA I need longer arms
Author: bernabeu (SC)

a LARGE basin wrench



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 Re: Tightening bath tub drain nuts... AKA I need longer arms
Author: EndangeredSpecies (FL)

An 1 1/2" pedestal wrench like Pasco - 43915 might work well

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